Kugler sprints to Maremma Cup opener win

Schneitter tops all-Swiss podium

Massa Marittima hosted an afternoon kermesse to open the Maremma Cup.  Andreas Kugler and Nathalie Schneitter emerged victorious in the men's and women's contests on the streets of the old town.

Several top riders were eliminated in the quarterfinals including World Champion Nino Schurter, Florian Vogel, Marco Aurelio Fontana, last year's winner Ralf Naf and former Olympic champion Bart Brentjes.

In the end, Andreas Kugler (Merida) won over teammate Moritz Milatz and Lukas Kaufmann (Trek).

Favorite Eva Lechner suffered a flat in the women's competition and missed the final. Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago) helped make it an all-Swiss affair with a win. Bikepark teammates Marielle Saner and Virginie Pointet rounded out the top three.

The cross country race will happen tomorrow on a 5km route around Massa Marittima.


Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Andreas Kugler (Swi) Merida  
2Moritz Milatz (Ger) Merida  
3Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek  
4Hannes Genze (Ger) Merida  
5Patrick Gallati (Swi) Scott  
6Martino Fruet (Ita) Carraro  
7Rudi van Houts (Ned) Merida  
8Elia Silvestri (Ita) Corratec  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago  
2Marielle Saner (Swi) Bikepark  
3Virginie Pointet (Swi) Bikepark  
4Evelyn Staffler (Ita) Carraro  

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